Australia Thieves smash through shopping centre in jewellery heist

12:31  03 january  2018
12:31  03 january  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Three hooded thieves have smashed their way through a Melbourne shopping centre for a ,000 jewellery heist . A GANG of masked thieves armed with sledgehammers and AK-47s have smashed up a shopping centre in a jewellery store heist .

Three hooded thieves have smashed their way through a Melbourne shopping centre for a ,000 jewellery heist .

Three hooded thieves have smashed their way through a Melbourne shopping centre for a $30,000 jewellery heist.

The bandits drove a white four-wheel-drive into the Janefield drive entrance of the Uni Hill Factory Outlet, at Bundoora, about 3.45am yesterday.

CCTV obtained exclusively by 9NEWS shows the trio approaching the jewellery store in their vehicle before casually stepping out.

One is then seen smashing a cabinet with a sledgehammer.

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The driver is seen repeatedly checking the car door, while a third accomplice uses an axe to raid a cabinet containing $1000 worth of watches.

For almost four minutes the gang pilfer what they can- at one point the driver tips open a cabinet, breaking into it, and loading the haul into the car.

One by one they continue to place their loot either in the front seat or back seats.

By 3.54am, they start to make their getaway.

Police believe it's clear their target was the jewellery store, which has been open for two years.

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"There always could be that question will they come back or not, unfortunately, yeah it always crosses your mind they will," he said.

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Burglars in Canberra, Australia, used an inventive technique to gain entry to a shopping centre early on Monday morning (March 30). They forced entry by driving a car through the glass doors and proceeded to navigate the building in the vehicle, ramming an ATM and stopping at a jewellery store

"They need to know the family they're affecting...it's not just taking the stock there's also family getting affected."

But the victim said he now feels helpless, but has to “move one.”

"It'll set us back at least a year but what can you do. You just have to move on cop it on the chin.

"Look, it makes me very angry. They're just desperate thieves looking for that dollar."

Members of the gang wore hooded jumpers gloves and covered their faces as they carried out their robbery.

But their trail of destruction was extensive; there was the $30,000 worth of jewellery stolen, but thousands of dollars of damage done to three doors at the shopping centre.

The left through the Chancellor Avenue exit, making their getaway.

And while the owner counts the cost of his loss, he has a warning for other jewellery store owners.

"Know your surroundings as well, make sure your security cameras are up to date,” he said.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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